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#1071 jwalsh

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:56 PM

lovin this thread it's helping me to not go too overboard on stuff :)



#1072 JenniferM

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    Posted 29 January 2014 - 09:52 AM

    Thanks Lydia1120  this is a huge help to find out what were the big hits and what wasn't. I'm starting to get my bags together and was hoping you could help a little.

     

    For your travel mugs, were they the insulated type with the straw? Where did you get them?

    Where did you get the luggage tags and room key/tip holders?

    Did you ask everyone what their flip flop sizes were?

    Did you make the passport book? 

    Prolly a very silly question but what is R.Y.F.K.M?

     

    Thanks!

     

     

     

    OOT Bags

    I admit that I went a bit over board with the OOT Bags.  I spent just under $1,500 to fill these up.  My budget was $500 but my group kept getting bigger and bigger, oh well, I enjoy giving so it was my obsession, lol.    Here is a list of what was included in the bags and the cost:

     

     

    ·                Bridal Entourage T-shirts $145.00

    ·                Flip flops $237.00

    ·                Luggage Tags/Neon Coils $23.01

    ·                Room Key/Tip Case Holder $11.01

    ·                Passport with Information $46.45

    ·                Playing Cards/Bags/Coils $99.63

    ·                Kleenex $12

    ·                Buttons – R.Y.F.K.M $55.24

    ·                Travel Mugs $90.00

    ·                Water Bottle $5.00

    ·                Mini rum bottle $36.00

    ·                Do Not Disturb Sign DIY

    ·                Note Pad/Pen $30.00

    ·                Colouring Book/Crayons  $6.00

    ·                Activity Book DIY

    ·                English/Spanish Dictionary DIY

    ·                Weekly Survival Kit $77.00

    ·                First Aid kit

    ·                Lip Balm

    ·                Mini Sunblock

    ·                Mini Shampoo

    ·                Nail File

    ·                Mini Conditioner

    ·                Purell $25.99

    ·                Watches  $23.99

    o      “I Love You Til The End of Time”

    ·                Toy Rings $7.25

    o       “He liked it, So he Put a Ring on it”

    ·                Candy Bag $75

    o      “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” 

    ·                Fans $37.60

    ·                Newsletter DIY

    ·                Bus Schedule/Rehearsal DIY

    ·                Laynards $13.62

    ·                Wine Charms $25.56

    ·                Face Clothes - $17.50

    ·                Make Up Bags for girls - $52.86

    ·                Can Covers - $20.89

    ·                Key chain Maracas $40.00

    ·                Paper/Ink for DIY: $125.00

    ·                Extra flip flops $12.00

    ·                Extra T-shirts $38.00

    ·                Extra Mugs $50.67

    ·                Beach Fun Items $56.82

    Total Cost: $1,478.09

     

    What were the big hits: 

    Luggage Tags (made it very easy to spot our luggage at the airport)

    Key/Tip Holder with Laynard (EVERYONE USED IT)

    Personalized Travel Mugs

    Flip Flops

    Passport Book with all the information on Travel, Cuba and the resort (people referred to this as their                     “Bible” for the week, lol

    R.Y.F.K.M Buttons (again glad I brought extra, this was a huge hit)

    Entourage T-shirts…everyone wore them on flight and the catamaran excursion. It was pretty awesome! 

    Wine charms   

     



    #1073 tesa

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    Posted 29 January 2014 - 10:38 AM

    Thanks for sharing that info, helps me to redistribute my funds towards the kits!

    #1074 mellie818

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    Posted 31 January 2014 - 07:32 AM

    thank you for posting this, its very helpful!



    #1075 amy330

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    Posted 31 January 2014 - 04:26 PM

    Good idea!

    So, I thought it might be helpful for people who are putting together their OOT bags to know some of the things that people liked in mine and what they didn't really use.


    My bags had a lot of different stuff in them. The things that people used most and were really excited for were:

    The Find a Word Puzzles/ Sodoku books~ A Big Hit!
    Decks of cards (a last minute addition that I'm glad I put in)~ it was cloudy for several days and these came in handy
    First Aid Kits~ the bandaids were good for people who got blisters
    and the Pepto bismol tablets and Motrin

    The things that weren't used that I could've done without were:

    The sunscreen with spf 30~ everyone knew they were heading somewhere sunny and packed their own
    Mini beach balls~ I didn't see one of these used except by my FI who kept beaning me in the head and finding it hilarious! lol
    Spanish for Dummies books~ as cute as they were no one read them
    OFF wipes~ I never saw a bug and no one mentioned anything about them

    I also would've added twice as many Motrins to the bags. I put in the 99 cent packs that had a total of 6 tablets in them. People used them and probably could've used more.



    #1076 Lydia1120

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    Posted 31 January 2014 - 10:24 PM

    [quote name="JenniferM" post="1829694" timestamp="1391017956"]Thanks Lydia1120  this is a huge help to find out what were the big hits and what wasn't. I'm starting to get my bags together and was hoping you could help a little.
     
    For your travel mugs, were they the insulated type with the straw? Where did you get them?
    Where did you get the luggage tags and room key/tip holders?
    Did you ask everyone what their flip flop sizes were?
    Did you make the passport book? 
    Prolly a very silly question but what is R.Y.F.K.M?[/size]
     
    Hi there, if you look through my thread that I started, you will find all the places I bought my items from. I believe my planning thread also has that information (link below in my signature). Mugs were from Oriental Trading and I was able to personalize them with everyone's name... The luggage tags and key/tip holders I bought on ebay and printed the personalized tags myself..... The tip/room card I printed business cards off Vistaprint $10 for 250 and slipped in the holder. The title of my thread is: OOT - HELP!!!! I AM OBSESSED WITH OOT BAGS, lol ...LOTS OF PICTURES


    Yes I made the passport books myself and yes I did ask everyone their flip flop sizes.
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    #1077 megan224

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    Posted 08 February 2014 - 05:16 PM

    thanks!



    #1078 Torifire

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    Posted 12 February 2014 - 02:07 AM

    Hi Ladies,
    Looks like you have covered everything possible in this thread:)) amazing, sooo thankful to all of you...Totally changed my mind about putting sunscreen in the bags,someone will always have some to lend:) I have 2 items I haven't seen anyone using. It might be because we are having a Villa wedding in Tulum and all our guests are staying in a small bungalow hotels near by.
    1) mosquito repellent coils and matches (great for using out on the patio or balcony at night. Made by Coghlans, it's a pack of 10, and it was very cheap...so I'm just gonna put 1-2 per bag in the zip lock and print my own instructions
    2) we have a lot of people coming from all over Europe and Russia, so I'm only adding this for the ones with little kids and not very seasoned travelers. My wedding planner is sending me a few Mexican SIM cards, I can add to my hard copy invite I will be sending out a couple of month out, or put in the welcome bags. so people can just call us when they get in, and we know to expect them, or incase they need any help. You just have to make sure you know the SIM card sizes, mini or regular. The SIMs are $5-7 to start and they can always ad more money to it.

    Just a thought

    #1079 girlinthecity97

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    Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:21 AM

    @Torifire - I really like the SIM card idea!  Apologies for my ignorance but how does that work? Do they allow guests to use their cell phones while in MX without incurring charges from their cell service provider in Europe & Russia? If so, where are you getting them from? 


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    #1080 Torifire

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    Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:25 PM

    @Torifire - I really like the SIM card idea!  Apologies for my ignorance but how does that work? Do they allow guests to use their cell phones while in MX without incurring charges from their cell service provider in Europe & Russia? If so, where are you getting them from?


    No worries, I know it can be confusing. Basically the guests take out their current SIM card and put in the Mexican one. They might have to punch in a PIN code that come with the Mexican SIM card So they will have a Mexican cell phone number and can call local. You should to the same whenever you get down there. Most of the countries have GSM type phones (Europe and Russia included), so it's super easy to use. But for the US travelers it's not so simple...the phone needs to be unlocked for some of the providers that have a SIM (have to call the provider to do that). I believe T-mobile is already unlocked, but Att you need to call. But anyone that has a NON GSM sim provider (which is Sprint, verizon) will not be able to use it, since they can't get the SIM card out of their phones. Hope this helps...let me know if you have any more questions

    You can buy the SIM cards in any OXXO gas station in Mexico and many other places, like markets. So I'm having my wedding planner ship me some, when I get a bit closer.




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